A lot of writers get uptight about how many people are choosing to be
self-published or vanity press published, etc.
I don’t see this as a bad thing, per se but I always look for the good in
everything and I guess the good here is that as the world gives birth to more
people who want to become writers and ultimately get published then, fascination! More books
can be sold.
After all, it is often said, to become a great writer, author, copywriter, Etcetera, you have to read a lot of the genre you want to see yourself published
To me, that simply smacks of more books being purchased. Cha-ching $ Sales. It’s a definite
win-win ~ simple economics: Supply and demand equation.
So, if you happen to be one of these worry-warts stop stressing yourself out
about who is publishing and how they go about it and concentrate on your own
Read, read and read some more, write, write and write some more, then read
all over again ad infinitum.
What goes around does come around (eventually) and pretty soon your
turn will come too.
His website says, he is equal parts novelist, screenwriter, and game
designer and the author of Double Dead, Blackbirds and Mokingbird. He's got a metric boatload of writing-related
e-books available, including the popular, 500 Ways to be a Better Writer.
And then he mentions warm, gooey stuf like he lives in the wilds of Pennsyltucky with wife, dog, and
newborn progeny. Eeee-gads this guy is breeding!!!
Anyway, if you want to check out his website and the post that will be used for chat tonight, starting at #11... We shall see, shall we? Just go HERE Terribleminds.
To me, spelling mistakes are like painting over the walls of a battered old house.
The scars of life on the walls of our houses leave all types of scratches,
holes, squashed bug marks (you know the one's caused by those insects you smacked on the wall and sort of thought afterwards - Damn why'd I do that? ) and children's crayons, (nice happy scenes: This is mommy. This is daddy and me and the dog.) And, all
sorts of things but with a bit of putty (fixing typos and spelling
mistakes) and an undercoat (grammar and fixing POV) the old house can
keep its character in tact but gains a whole new coat of paint to make
So, how important is all that stuff?
I like to be as professional in my writing as I can but as a mere human I realize being perfect is not an option. I guess this is the 'out' that I need and so I forgive myself for my boo-boos.
I hope you have learned to forgive yourself too. It's not the typos or the errors that come out that matter, it's what you end up doing with them that counts.
So, we write, write and write to get our words written and then we rewrite, rewrite and rewrite then we edit and edit and edit. Eventually we hope to get it right or is that write? Oh well here we go again...
I've been getting emails asking me what it is I do as a writer and editor so today I thought I'd share with you some of what I do in my writing day.
My writing day is very short: between one hour and three hours a morning so I have to get as much done as I can in that time, then my normal working day (day-job and farming) begins.
As I've said before I love to help others get published and along the way I learn and grow in my writing too.
Here's an extract of an email I got this morning from one of my regular contacts.
Have you had your tea yet?
had planed my novel to have three more stories. Do you think it could sell
as a serial?
I thought I had gotten all the tense problems out of it, guess
not. I've learned so much from you, but it always seems I need to learn more. I have a lot of dialogue in my
stories, is it too much? I like to have interaction with my people, but do I
sacrifice action? I'm trying to understand my voice, so I can grow.
By the way in your story,
you have a great voice, and strong. I could read anything you write, and not
know in the beginning you wrote it, but by the time I finish, I would know it
was you. We've just got to get you writing more.
Yeah, I’ve had my cup of tea. It
was nice. I had the strangest dreams before waking.I always like to remember my
dreams. Dreams are like storytelling without the writing part and they flow and
happen right there before your eyes with all the drama and excitement of any
action movie. I am also one of the lucky ones that dream in color.
I like that you have three parts
to your novel. I reckon you could sell anything you wanted to it’s just IF
anyone will buy them ;)
do sell them then you will be able to say to the publisher that you can write the
next one and so on. The trouble with serials for the publisher is that the
advance is often given up front for the next book and then the publisher has to
wait and wait for the author to write the next book. At least the publisher
would not have to wait so long for yours, and that would be a good thing.
You are a good writer and
Writing is not something you
become good at overnight. It takes years and years (and years) of learning and
changing and learning and adapting and finally finding what works for you and
just when you think you’ve nailed it – duh!- It WILL happen for you.
worry about never being perfect just always put your best into every single
word. If you do this the rest will happen. The best advice I got from someone
was, “words have meaning”. If you think about this statement
(really concentrate on it for a few days) then every word you use in writing
has a job. That job might be to show a characters POV, or it might be to
explain the exact meaning behind a particular point that the narrator wants the
reader to know, or it might be to give the feeling behind one of the characters
voices. It’s okay to write a cute little story out in five minutes using
stream-of-consciousness but to really write a good story that will compel
people to keep reading it needs to be so well written that every single word
has its job to do. If you can think like this when you are writing
(yes, Skipper, it will slow you down somewhat) you will produce much better work.
Writing is not a race, it’s something you work at word by single word.
You are finding your voice
Skipper. In fact, I think I can describe your voice a little now. The dialogue
in your stories is very much a part of your voice so don’t fight it. If you
enjoy dialogue in your writing then chances are your readers will too.
Remember, if you are enjoying the story and there’s a smile on your dial and the
world disappears for the ten minutes or ten hours then chances
are your readers will enjoy your work as much as, or even more than you did writing
it. If this happens, WOW!
As for sacrificing action, the
plot is what determines the action and the characters discussing their
situation shows the reader the action so again don't be too worried about the
action. It will come. It needs to blend into the story in such a way that the
reader is never jolted out of the reading experience.
What just happened?
of reading feels like meditation. We read and enjoy and then the story is over,
and we either feel cheated, contented, disappointed, sad that the story has come to an end but happy we read it, or any other
emotions depending on how good the book was written and whether the plot and
characters held our attention for a while.
Thanks for saying my writing was
interesting. I agree I need to write more. I am working on it.
So, there you go people, a little bit out of my day... What happens in your writing day? I'd love to hear about it.
The aim of Freewrite is to extend your writing abilities or simply get you WRITING.
Here's what you do:
Below is a picture. Don't look just yet.
After you check it out, grab your first thought.
Now free write something inspired by the picture.
The rules [There are always rules with these exercises]
1. Don't think, WRITE!
2. NO Editing! (Do not even rewrite or correct typos).
3. The writing doesn't actually have to have anything to do
with the picture below. Write where you're mind takes you.
It might be totally unrelated.
4. Write for 10 minutes without stopping. (Set a TIMER)
5. Post your random thoughts in the comments section below. It can be long, short, happy, sad...